WASHINGTON – In very sharp remarks on Friday, President-elect Joe Biden compared Senator Ted Cruz to Hitler’s propagandist with the way he promoted Donald Trump’s “big lie” about election fraud, although he refrained from blaming him for the riots of a supporter of Trump. In the Capitol, as have many Texas Democrats.
He described Cruz’s efforts as “disgraceful.”
The Texas Republican led an effort in the Senate to block Congressional confirmation of Biden’s victory in the Electoral College, and insisted that widespread doubts about the legality of the election required an emergency investigation to assuage public concerns. The riot that resulted in the killing of a Capitol Police officer and four others delayed the review on Wednesday.
Biden noted that Cruise, like Trump, spent weeks questioning the legality and accuracy of polling in half a dozen states, despite an utter lack of evidence.
Asked whether Cruise should resign, or Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, who has also led the protests that delayed certification, Biden said: “They should be beaten the next time they run.”
The American public has a good clear look at who they are. They are part of the big lie. The big lie, “he told reporters in Wilmington, Dell.
Cruz’s office refused to respond formally.
At that point, Joseph Goebbels, a Nazi promoter, recalled the exaggeration in killing civilians in the incendiary bombing of Dresden, which was repeated by newspapers around the world. Goebbels asserted that the bigger the lie, and the more it was repeated, the more likely it was to be believed.
Biden did not mention Adolf Hitler, who served Goebbels, nor did he compare Trump to him.
“I had the pleasure to hear some prominent Republicans tell me that Ted Cruz in the world has a responsibility in relation to people who believe in lies, like Trump – not responsible but he’s responsible either. But they didn’t say go to the Capitol, I’ll be with you, follow [as Trump did]. “That’s a different story,” Biden said.
Conservative commentator George Will, among others, accused him of sedition and said he would carry the “Scarlet S” for the rest of his public career.
Top Texas Democrats such as Julian Castro and his brother Representative Joaquin Castro of San Antonio demanded Cruz’s resignation, as did Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. Cruz attributed such talk to political opportunism by the opponents, making it clear that he would not follow their advice.
Some critics accused Cruz of inciting the revolt in the wake of the deadly Capitol riots.
Beto O’Rourke, the El Paso Democrat who came close to ousting Cruz in 2018, claimed: “Your own attempt to incite discord helped inspire these terrorists and attempt to turn against them.”
Denounce Cruz The attack on the Capitol building In real time, as a “despicable act of terrorism,” he has repeatedly called for prosecution of those involved.
He has defended his demand for an investigation into alleged election irregularities, saying Thursday that even too late – given the riots – he would have continued to delay and object to Congress’s assertion of Biden’s victory. Doing otherwise would amount to disavowal, he said, and expressed disappointment that his argument had not gained sufficient momentum among his colleagues.
“Yes. Absolutely.” He told KXAS-TV (Chapter 5). “I object and urge you to follow the law and follow the constitution.”
Meanwhile, as Trump’s presidency expires, and his power dwindles and calls for his impeachment or impeachment through the 25th Amendment process by which the vice president and cabinet can declare himself unfit, Cruz has begun to distance himself in a way that he has avoided doing for more than four years.
“I think the president’s speech and language went too far,” Cruz said. “I think he was irresponsible. I think he was reckless …. apparently he bore some responsibility.”